Tanya LEE


Image:   Landing  by Tanya Lee, at the Melbourne City Baths for FOLA (2018). Photograph by Bryony Jackson.

Image: Landing by Tanya Lee, at the Melbourne City Baths for FOLA (2018). Photograph by Bryony Jackson.

Tanya Lee is a Western Australian artist based in Perth, working across sculpture, performance, video and drawing. Her practice looks at everyday tasks to create humorous, absurd and even futile narratives that subvert the protocols and politics of social environments. 

Tanya was recently commissioned to create a site-specific work titled Invigilator for Here&Now15: an exhibition of Sculpture In An Ever-Expanding Field, held at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery in Perth.

She was part of Proximity Festival 2014 with the participatory performance work Personal Trainer engaging intimately with a single audience member at a time and her first solo exhibition Personal Space, was shown at the Fremantle Arts Centre in 2013. Tanya has also exhibited nationally at various ARI’s including Art Proper collective in Sydney and Kings ARI in Melbourne. 

Tanya’s undergraduate studies included a year as a visiting scholar at the École Nationale Supérieur d’Art de Dijon (ENSAD) in Dijon, France. Before graduating from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Arts (Art) with First Class Honors in 2008 and completing her MA with Distinction in 2009. 

Tanya Lee's LANDING exhibited at Festival of Live Art (FOLA) 2018 & DARK MOFO (2018)

An absurd swimming carnival, a desperate endurance act and a continuous relay in which the distance between Manus Island and Australia will be collectively swum. Through the murky waters of past and present immigration policy, participants will move both towards and away from the idea of home.

Landing invites you to physically experience distance and participate in a policy of exile-which both underpinned Australia’s colonisation and is repeated today at offshore detention sites. Swimmers wearing island-shaped hats and attempting to swim a distance equivalent to the ocean stretch between Manus and Australia’s mainland, will be guided and cheered on by a range of performers and speakers, in a collective contemplation of home and histories of Australian immigration.